December 15, 2020 7:30 pm


 

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Final AGENDA
300 PORTWINE RD., RIVERWOODS, IL
December 15, 2020 – 7:30 P.M.

I. CALL TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
• BOT – December 1, 2020
• Public Hearing – Truth in Taxation
IV. VILLAGE ECOLOGIST
V. TREASURER’S REPORT – Cash Report
VI. ENGINEER’S REPORT
VII. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICES REPORT
VIII. ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS REPORT
IX. PLAN COMMISSION REPORT
X. POLICE REPORT
XI. VILLAGE ATTORNEY’S REPORT
XII. INFORMATION ITEMS & COMMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT
1. Sweet Basil Video Gaming Request – Proposed Location of Machines
2. Planning and Tracking Budget – Finance Committee
3. Shoppes has reported completion of work on northern entrance off Milwaukee
XIII. VISITORS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD
XIV. APPROVAL OF BILLS
XV. ACTION ITEMS

Old Business
A. AN ORDINANCE FOR THE LEVY OF TAXES FOR THE VILLAGE OF RIVERWOODS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2020 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2020 2ND Reading and Adoption

New Business
B. AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING BY REFERENCE THE LAKE COUNTY WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE AS LAST AMENDED Waive 1st reading; 2ND Reading and Adoption
C. AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIVERWOODS, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, ABATING THE 2020 TAX LEVY FOR $644,000 SPECIAL SERVICE AREA NO. 26 SPECIAL TAX BONDS, SERIES 2013, OF SAID VILLAGE. Waive 1st reading; 2ND Reading and Adoption
D. AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF RIVERWOODS, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, ABATING THE 2020 TAX LEVY FOR $60,000 SPECIAL SERVICE AREA NO. 27 SPECIAL TAX BONDS, SERIES 2014, OF SAID VILLAGE. Waive 1st reading; 2ND Reading and Adoption
E. APPROVAL APPOINTMENT OF KATIE BOWNE AS DEPUTY VILLAGE CLERK

XVIII. EXECUTIVE SESSION –
• Litigation, Acquisition, Property, and Personnel
XIX. ESTABLISH TIME AND DATE FOR NEXT MEETING
• Board of Trustees – January 5, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Minutes

Village of Riverwoods
Board of Trustees Meeting
December 15, 2020
APPROVED

Electronic Attendance:
Cheryl Chamberlain
Michael Clayton
Eric Goldstein
Michael Haber
Henry Hollander
Rick Jamerson
John Norris, Mayor

Also Present Electronically:
Bruce Dayno, Police Chief
Patrick Glenn, Village Engineer
Bruce Huvard, Village Attorney
Daphne Paras, Village Clerk
Russ Kraly, Acting Director of Community Services

Call to Order: 7:30 pm

Document Approval:

Trustee Chamberlain moved to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2020 Board of Trustees meeting. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Trustee Chamberlain moved to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2020 Truth in Taxation Public Hearing. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Treasurer’s Report

Trustee Clayton noted the Cash Report is on hold due to Covid.

Village Engineer’s Report

Mr. Glenn sent out surveys to homeowners along Riverwoods Road and Woodland Lane to gauge interest in a potential water main project. Mr. Glenn received five (5) positive responses and five (5) negative responses from the 17 residents on Woodland Lane. The five (5) residents interested in connecting to municipal water are on the south part or Woodland Lane near Crestwood. Mr. Glenn believes the project may have potential and will present to the Board for further consideration. Mr. Glenn sent out 13 questionnaires for Riverwoods Road residents and received one (1) positive response and two (2) negative responses. He has not heard back from 10 Riverwoods Road residents and is not sure what direction to go. One resident had some issues with his water supply and Mr. Glenn is trying to find a way to get municipal water to him when the neighbors are not interested in getting municipal water. The Trustees discussed the following:

• Whether the Village could condemn property for an easement
• If other neighbors are currently having issues, as they are in the same aquafer
• The delivery method of the questionnaire (USPS) and whether they should be hand-delivered by a Trustee and sent by email

Paul Takiris, owner of the Riverwoods Road property, explained the sulfur level is unbearable and his family cannot bathe. He believes the most logical way to get municipal water is to run a water main straight down to his property. It is a serious problem for his family. He pays $38,000 in taxes and wants to take a shower in his house. Mr. Takiris received the questionnaire but was unaware of what it meant. He asked if the Village could call the Riverwoods Road residents to get a sense of their feelings. Mr. Takiris indicated the process has been very difficult.

Mr. Glenn noted the water meter proposal is not on the agenda. They are doing their propagation study and should have a quote for the second meeting in January. Trustee Jamerson inquired about whether the water meter reading issue has been resolved. Mayor Norris noted people have used more water than they realized since the water increases from Northbrook.

Director of Community Services Report

Mr. Kraly noted building permits have slowed down.

Plan Commission Report

Plan Commission Chairperson Breitkopf reported the Plan Commission held a Public Hearing on December 3, 2020 to discuss Discover’s application requesting rezoning on the Kings Kennel parcel as well as an amendment to their Special Use. The Plan Commission voted to recommend approval with several conditions including collaboration with the Village Ecologist, a height limit 32’ above ground for parking structure, satisfaction of the Special Use and rezoning standards. This will be covered in the Plan Commission’s report.

Police Report

Chief Dayno indicated the Police Report was attached to the end of the minutes. He reported the Riverwoods Police Department was one of the first in the State to be certified with a Federal Use of Force Certificate set forth by the Department of Justice.

Village Attorney’s Report

Mr. Huvard reported he has continued his discussions with Thorntons. Cube Smart was not in favor of the road crossing in front of their property. GMX will investigate making the northern access one way.

Information Items from the President

1. Sweet Basil request for Video Gaming – Proposed Location of Machines

The Video Gaming Act, 230 ILCS 40/1 authorized video gaming terminals to be placed in a licensed establishment where alcohol is drawn, poured, mixed or served for consumption on premise. In 2009, the Village of Riverwoods exercised the option to ban all video gaming. If the Village decided to eliminate the provision banning video gaming, video gaming would be allowed in retail establishments that hold valid liquor licenses, subject to compliance with the Act. The Trustees discussed the proposed location of the video gaming machines:

• The set-up is the same as the previous owner and the video gaming machines would be located in the rear of the bar area.
• The Trustees would like to know the expected revenue for video gaming from Thorntons. The video gaming revenue would be more significant for the venue than the Village.
• The State requires facilities to serve liquor in order to have a video gaming license; however, Mr. Huvard believes the Ordinance could be drafted to allow it.
• The Village needs to determine the criteria for video gaming
• One suburban Village charges $1000 per video gambling terminal, which would generate more income for the Village.
• The Trustees want to do what they can to help Sweet Basil drive more customers to the location.

Mayor Norris will investigate this further.

2. Planning and Tracking Budget – Finance Committee

Trustees should have received copies of proposed budget. This is planning and guidance rather than authorizing spending. We have cut spending and we can track where we are at. Looking at other taxation sources and discovered franchise tax will go away. Not expecting online taxation revenue until later in 2021.

Buffalo Grove’s cannabis shop across from Woodmans has not received a license. The prohibition due to distance is not there. There has been a high level of legal cannabis sales. Mr. Huvard explained the Village passed Amendments to allow cannabis sales as a permitted use in the Shoppes of Riverwoods and Colonial Court. The Trustees suggested asking Avalon to look for an applicant. This can be revisited by the Board.

Trustee Haber noted Sunnyside in Buffalo Grove has a medical license. The distinction is medical versus recreational. Mayor Norris explained the licensee does not believe the current location is large enough. They would have been able to get recreational license if they stay in the same location as the medical location.

3. Shoppes has reported completion of work on northern entrance off Milwaukee Ave.

Mayor Norris explained the owners of Shoppes forwarded an invoice and pictures to the Village. The Village said we would pay half up to the hard costs and expenses of up to $60,000. But there are hard and soft costs. The Village will deduct more than $5300 from the payment.

Mayor Norris will inform the Trustees of the amount.

Visitors wishing to address the Board

There were no visitors present at Village Hall or on Zoom wishing to address the Board on non-agenda items.

Approval of Bills

Trustee Chamberlain moved to approve the bills. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. There were a couple questions from the Trustees. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Old Business

Ordinance 20-12-21 for the Levy of Taxes for the Village of Riverwoods for the Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2020 and Ending December 31, 2020

Mr. Huvard explained the homeowners had a meeting last night and he made changes to the amount listed in the Ordinance. They would like to levy $40,200 instead of $13,400, which is half of what they were authorized to do.

Trustee Clayton moved for Second Reading an adoption of the Ordinance levying taxes for the Village of Riverwoods for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020 as amended`. Trustee Chamberlain seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

New Business

Ordinance 20-12-22 adopting by reference the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance as last amended

Mr. Glenn explained the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission amends the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO) from time to time. In order to maintain our status as a Certified Community and enforce the provisions of the Watershed Development Ordinance locally, the Village must adopt the amended Ordinance.

Mr. Glenn noted the State developed updated synthetic rainfall data to reflect the increased frequency and intensity of rain events in recent years. The amended WDO adopts this data, which in turn will result in larger storm sewers, detention ponds, and other stormwater infrastructure for new developments. Mr. Glenn will let the Village Ecologist know of the changes.

Trustee Jamerson moved to waive the First Reading of the Ordinance. Trustee Chamberlain seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Trustee Jamerson moved for Second Reading and adoption by reference of the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance as last amended. Trustee Chamberlain seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Ordinance 20-12-23 of the Village of Riverwoods, Lake County, Illinois, abating the 2020 Tax Levy for $644,000 for Special Service Area Number 26 Special Tax Bonds, Series 2013, of said Village

There are now three levy years left on the bonds (2020 through 2022) and the abatement Ordinance will allow some of the regular bond levy to be collected but not all. The residents in this SSA will experience a reduction in their tax bill, proportionate to the abatement which is taking the annual bond levy of $83,812.06 down to $66,145.06.

Trustee Chamberlain moved for First Reading of the Ordinance. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Trustee Chamberlain moved for Second Reading and Adoption of the Ordinance. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Ordinance 20-12-24 of the Village of Riverwoods, Lake County, Illinois, abating the 2020 Tax Levy for $60,000 for Special Service Area Number 27 Special Tax Bonds, Series 2014, of said Village

There are now four levy years left on the bonds (2020 through 2022) and the abatement ordinance will allow some of the regular bond levy to be collected but not all. The residents in this SSA will experience a reduction in their tax bill, proportionate to the abatement which is taking the annual bond levy of $7,600 would be reduced to $5,933.

Trustee Chamberlain moved for First Reading of the Ordinance. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Trustee Jamerson moved for Second Reading and Adoption of the Ordinance. Trustee Chamberlain seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Approval of Appointment of Katie Bowne as Deputy Village Clerk

The Village Clerk has identified the need for a deputy clerk to be present in the Village Hall to be able to carry out the duties of the Village Clerk that may arise during the Clerk’s absence. Village Clerk Paras has nominated Katie Browne, the Mayor’s Executive Assistant, to fill the position. This would be in addition to her normal duties.

Trustee Chamberlain moved to approve the appointment of Katie Bowne as Deputy Village Clerk. Trustee Jamerson seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

Public Comment

There were no Public Comments received during the meeting on non-agenda items.

Good of the Order

Trustee Jamerson noted he will send a map of the street lights to the Trustees. He received a notice from ComEd regarding moving up the installation of LED lamps. The Village will save $508 per year on energy costs for 11 street light fixtures.

Mayor Norris wished everyone a happy holidays and safe and happy New Year.

Adjournment

There being no further business to discuss, Trustee Jamerson moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Chamberlain seconded the motion. The motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Chamberlain, Clayton, Goldstein, Haber, Hollander, Jamerson (6)
NAYS: None (0)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 pm.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place on January 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Daphne Paras
Village Clerk

Transcribed by:
Jeri Cotton

 

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